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Sunderland graduate called up for Wigan vs Arsenal FA Cup semi-final

Referee Michael Oliver (right) exchanges words with Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester.

Referee Michael Oliver (right) exchanges words with Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester.

FROM Wessington Way to Wembley Way.

A former sports student from Sunderland University has been called up to referee this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final at the home of football.

Michael Oliver, 29, will be in charge during the match between the holders Wigan Athletic against the strong favourites to win the competition, Arsenal.

The match takes place in London tomorrow and will be live on TV at 5.07pm, kicking off at that time to honour those who died at Hillsborough 25 years ago.

Michael’s career has gone from strength to strength since graduating in sport and exercise development from the University of Sunderland in 2009.

It is the second time in his career that he will officiate at a FA Cup semi-final. He became the youngest referee ever to take charge of a last-four fixture when he was the man in the middle between Wigan Athletic v Millwall in April 2013.

It is less than four years since Michael also became the youngest referee to officiate a Premier League match, when he made his debut in August 2010 for the match between Birmingham City against Blackburn Rovers, while only 25 years and 182 days old.

 

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